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Mythbusting Mario: 5 Things We Learned From Balotelli's Interview With SI

By Eugene Fogarty
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Yesterday we brought you the Mario Balotelli cover of Sports Illusrated, well today we can bring you 5 of the top moments from his interview with Grant Wahl.

1. Mario loves Barack

"I've never cared about politics, but I think he is a great man. Obama can be like a new start for everybody. Just the fact that he's black and he's the first one."

2. Mama's Boy

"With all the sacrifice my parents made in the past for me, maybe I gave them a good emotion. They deserve it. I tell them evvvverything. Without them I don't know if I'd ever be a football player. Even if I do something special in football and I make a mistake as a person, they're not happy. Because they want their son to be a man first, and then the best football player."

image: sport.news

3. Racism is like smoking...

"You can't delete racism. It's like a cigarette. You can't stop smoking if you don't want to, and you can't stop racism if people don't want to. But I'll do everything I can to help."

4. Italian citizenship law is stupid

"That's a stupid rule, I spent 18 years in Italy, and I was not Italian yet. That's why I hope all the guys that are like me and living this are going to be Italian before I became Italian."

5. Mythbuster

On driving his Ferrari F12 Berlinetta around a go-kart track...

"Yeah, the go-kart track is my go-kart track, so I went inside with my car. There are no problems."

On playing the Italian anthem on the piano...


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"I'm good, yeah?" Is it real? "I have to say yes, of course." Promise? "Promise? No. But I say yes!"


On giving a homeless man $2,500 in cash... "No."


On taking down bullies... "No."

On fire starting in Manchester...

"Yeah, that's one. But it wasn't me. I got unlucky. It wasn't like my house was on fire. It was just the bathroom, because one firework went the wrong way. It took the curtain, and the curtain got on fire and the smoke went around the house. But we weren't inside. We were outside with the fireworks."


On dart-throwing...

"I was playing darts, yes, but I never threw darts at anyone."

On Silvio Berlusconi...


"I talk with him, yes. It's not a big relationship, but we speak occasionally."

On his camouflage Bentley...

"No, I gave it to Urby Emanuelson. But he took the wrap off, and now it's white."


image: dailymail

via si

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